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A Brief Editorial - Kendall Halman (3/31/2013)



Like many people in my generation, I used to download music illegally.  I remember waiting 45 minutes for Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" to download off of Napster, and I downloaded roughly a billion songs the weekend Napster got shut down.  In middle school, high school, and even college Freshman English, I wrote papers attacking the RIAA's litigious solutions to illegal downloading.  Wizard's of the Coast is not the RIAA, and Cockatrice
Cockatrice
CockatriceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cockatrice
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Any non-wall creature blocking Cockatrice is destroyed, as is any creature blocked by Cockatrice. Creatures destroyed in this way deal their damage before dying.
being asked to cease and desist is not the same as the RIAA suing its customers.

There does not seem to be much information about the legal details of the situation floating around online.  The main thing is that Cockatrice
Cockatrice
CockatriceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cockatrice
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Any non-wall creature blocking Cockatrice is destroyed, as is any creature blocked by Cockatrice. Creatures destroyed in this way deal their damage before dying.
, a free way to play Magic: the Gathering over the internet, was asked to cease and desist, as well as to commit to paying some damages.  Since I started playing a few years ago, several smart phone applications were served cease and desist orders, as well as a popular draft simulator site.  Clear
Clear
ClearSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target enchantment.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
ly, WOTC does not want third party groups profiting off of their brand.  Good, bad, or indifferent, WOTC has spent a lot of money developing their brand over the last twenty years, and because of this, they have certain rights.

While there is a clear difference between this situation and illegal music downloading, many of the arguments are similar.  First, when Napster first arrived, the RIAA had refused to take advantage of digital technology, and struggled for years to offer an affordable, legal alternative.  This was an acceptable argument until iTunes came along, offering just that.  People are making many of the same arguments today, suggesting the Magic Online is buggy and has a bad interface.  This simply is not a fair comparison.    The Magic Online client, while far from perfect, offers a way for people to play Magic over the internet for a reasonable price.  It has its bugs, but I am confident that third party programs like Cockatrice
Cockatrice
CockatriceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cockatrice
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Any non-wall creature blocking Cockatrice is destroyed, as is any creature blocked by Cockatrice. Creatures destroyed in this way deal their damage before dying.
do as well.  Beyond that, Magic Online has to manage collections, facilitate trading, formalize various formats, keep people from cheating, and many other things that a program like Cockatrice
Cockatrice
CockatriceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cockatrice
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Any non-wall creature blocking Cockatrice is destroyed, as is any creature blocked by Cockatrice. Creatures destroyed in this way deal their damage before dying.
does not necessarily have to worry about.  The argument could be made for a subscription service that gives players access to all of the cards in a given format, but that is not WOTC's business model and, in my opinion, could cheapen the experience of acquiring the cards needed to experience a trading card game.

One of my favorite studies to cite in those papers I wrote in school about downloading stated that most people download music they would never have bought in the first place.  This may be true, but most shoplifters also probably steal things they would not have bought in the first place, it does not change the fact that they are stealing.  Of course this study did counteract the idea that the music industry was suffering because of illegal downloading, and things are always gray when dealing with data that costs next to nothing to copy, but the point still stands.  Cockatrice
Cockatrice
CockatriceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cockatrice
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Any non-wall creature blocking Cockatrice is destroyed, as is any creature blocked by Cockatrice. Creatures destroyed in this way deal their damage before dying.
users have been saying the same thing.  They want to be able to try out cards before they buy them.  This seems like it makes sense, until you think about how fluid the Magic Online economy can be, especially with the $20 chase rares that users claim that they cannot afford.  

Whenever I build a deck on Magic Online, budget has to be a factor, and some times I cannot afford to get 100% of the cards I need to test a deck.  That said, I can usually sell off some of the money cards from my previous deck to a vender for about fifty cents less than the vender's bot will charge to sell it.  Of course, sometimes I pay twenty tickets for a card and its value goes down to ten or fifteen, but I also bought Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
s for seven tickets a piece and sold them for fifteen.  This, combined with occasional tournament success, means that I can play Standard and Draft basically as much as I want without spending much money.  Admittedly, I did spend some money on my first few decks, but MODO is providing a product and a service, and you have to pay for those things.  

I think for me, it really comes down to the concept of a trading card game.  There has to be an element of challenge in having access to cards.  Sometimes, that means having friends to borrow from, sometimes that means having to spend money, and sometimes it means trading and selling cards.  In a world where net-decking is the norm and singles are available everywhere, sometimes we forget that the game was designed to be bigger than the box, with rarity in mind.  To put it bluntly, not only does WOTC have the law on their side, one of the cornerstones of the game depends on them taking action against things like Cockatrice
Cockatrice
CockatriceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cockatrice
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Any non-wall creature blocking Cockatrice is destroyed, as is any creature blocked by Cockatrice. Creatures destroyed in this way deal their damage before dying.
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